In a little over more than hour, more than 150 people gathered at the East Marion Park pavilion to receive food from the first ever Marion County Mountaineer Food Bank.
Soup Opera executive director of the Soup Opera Jennifer Smith, says this has been a growing idea for quite some time, but to see it finally put into action and helping so many people makes all of the planning worth it.
“How it all come about is the Soup Opera we partnered with the Mountaineer Food Bank, as well as Connecting Link has come on board to help us. Just to come together and to take care of our community is how it all came about – to show that we can work together as one whole group to make things happen for your community and the people in your community.” said Smith.
By having multiple organization involved in feeding people members, Smith spoke on how the main objective is to continue in working together with organizations under one goal to alleviate the pressure that directly affects individual agencies.
“We are trying to help take some of the pressures off of different agencies that do give out food because we see it every day that our numbers are rising. Last week we had 126 people not including meals. So, in one day we’re doing over 150 meals that we are giving out.” Smith said.
As numbers continue to rise for those in need of meals, the mobile food pantry and soup opera will continue to focus on how to address the issues of the county in more ways than one.”
“We’re hoping with this being an ongoing event it’s going to take all of the pressure off of some of the other agencies in this county. So we can start putting our resources to where they need to be.” Smith said.
The Mountaineer Food Bank and the Soup Opera will continue to host events bi-monthly throughout the year.